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adjective \ˈthik\

Simple Definition of thick

  • : having a large distance between the top and bottom or front and back surfaces : not thin

  • : having a specified distance from one surface to the opposite surface : having a specified thickness

  • : having parts that are close together

Full Definition of thick

  1. 1a :  having or being of relatively great depth or extent from one surface to its opposite <a thick plank>b :  heavily built :  thickset

  2. 2a :  close-packed with units or individuals <the air was thick with snow>b :  occurring in large numbers :  numerousc :  viscous in consistency <thick syrup>d :  sultry, stuffye :  marked by haze, fog, or mist <thick weather>f :  impenetrable to the eye :  profound <thick darkness>g :  extremely intense <thick silence>

  3. 3 :  measuring in thickness <12 inches thick>

  4. 4a :  imperfectly articulated :  indistinct <thick speech>b :  plainly apparent :  decided <a thick French accent>c :  producing inarticulate speech <a thick tongue>

  5. 5 :  obtuse, stupid <too thick to understand>

  6. 6 :  associated on close terms :  intimate <was quite thick with his pastor>

  7. 7 :  exceeding bounds of propriety or fitness :  excessive <called it a bit thick to be fired without warning>

thick·ish play \ˈthi-kish\ adjective
thick·ly adverb
thick on the ground

Examples of thick

  1. a thick layer of ice

  2. a thick slice of ham

  3. pizza with a thick crust

  4. a bodybuilder with a thick, short body

  5. The planks were two inches thick.

  6. The log was 12 inches thick.

  7. The recipe calls for one cup of mushrooms sliced {frac1 inch thick.

  8. a dog with thick fur

  9. She has thick, curly hair.

  10. The fog was thick this morning.

Origin of thick

Middle English thikke, from Old English thicce; akin to Old High German dicki thick, Old Irish tiug

First Known Use: before 12th century




Simple Definition of thick

  • : in a way that makes thick pieces, layers, etc.

  • : in great numbers

Full Definition of thick

  1. :  in a thick manner :  thickly

Examples of thick

  1. Apples hung thick on the trees.

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of thick

before 12th century




Definition of thick

  1. 1 :  the most crowded or active part <in the thick of the battle>

  2. 2 :  the part of greatest thickness <the thick of the thumb>

Examples of thick

  1. <in the thick of winter many Northerners are dreaming of tropical islands>

13th Century

First Known Use of thick

13th century

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February 12, 2016

of, relating to, or suggestive of marble

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